The power of the embarrassing parent!


My kids are wonderful (of course I would say that), strong willed, independent little women and on the whole, they are easy to get along with.

But there are moments where they seem to feel that, by repeating over and over and over again that they want a packet of chocolate eggs in the isle of the grocery store, they might actually get them. Which is just not the case. So instead of getting annoyed, which I also do, I have resorted to a new style to manage the situation. I just start breaking into dance moves right there in front of the chocolate eggs, in full view of the public. It is incredibly effective and amazing how quickly those chocolate eggs get placed back on the shelves. It does though lead to a chant of: “mommy, you are embarrassing me!!”. The good thing is that I am old enough to rarely get embarrassed.

I now have this particular parenting method so fine tuned, that I now only need to start tapping my foot or swaying my hips ever so slightly, to get my way. It is possible you will not find this method in any parenting books, but I have discovered that if I can amuse myself while getting the kids to toe the line, it makes me happy. And a happy parent is always a good thing, right?

Emilie x

PS. The above photo is not one of me dancing in the aisles of a supermarket, as no one wants a photo of that, but a photo of me doing another apparently embarrassing thing for parents to do: skateboarding (very badly).


Comments (26)

October 18, 2016

You are such a cool mom on your skateboard… and Hahaha… this is me exactly, I have been know to emulate my ninja sons and karate kick towards the yogurt tubs, and sing my way down the pasta aisle… with cries of “please don’t sing” trailing behind me!!! No one has written the book: “Parenting Skills for Real Mothers Yet…”

October 18, 2016

Haha, this is the best! I’ll keep it in mind for later years. For now my two-.year old would be the happiest kid on earth if I started dancing and singing at the supermarket. 🙂

Sally Sickles
October 18, 2016

you are the best mama!!!!! 💗💕 love this!!!!

October 18, 2016

You now are my idol. And I just laughed out loud at the hairdressers.

October 18, 2016

That’s what my mum used to do!!!
I’m 37now so it was a while back 😉

October 18, 2016


October 18, 2016

Emily, you just made my day! 🙂

October 18, 2016

Ha ha ha,you are such a cool mum!Definitely made me laugh:)

Annie from Brimful
October 18, 2016

I love this!!! Emilie – you are awesome 😊👍🏻

October 18, 2016


Polona from Baby Jungle
October 18, 2016

You’re baaaaad! So baaaad! But you’re also wrong! We’d love to see you do it! I want a video of your Supermarket moves!

October 18, 2016


Kiki Machado
October 18, 2016

This is the best advice I’ve heard in a very long time!! Thank you Emilie 🙂

October 18, 2016


October 18, 2016

Haha, I second the video! What a brilliant idea, I have to remember that one!

October 18, 2016

You are my hero!

October 18, 2016

Thanks guys, not sure my kids consider me cool, though 😉

October 18, 2016

This is hilarious!!! I love that, here when my kids keep on asking for things in the store instead of dancing I usually start singing in french….best thing ever, they usually walk away like I’m not their mom and if I want to play I just follow them singing!!

October 18, 2016

Tucking this away, what a great idea. Also where is your perfect sweatshirt sweater from? Have been looking for ages for just this style. Xx

October 19, 2016

I absolutely love Emilie’s posts! This is great! 😍

constanze linnea
October 19, 2016

I hope I’m gonna be as cool as you when I’m a mom. This made me laugh out loud!

October 19, 2016

🙂 🙂 You made me laugh so so much!!! So cool – have to try it!

krissy oftheeveryday
October 19, 2016

i absolutely love this post, it made me chuckle out loud! please write more posts!

October 19, 2016

Haha, brilliant! ..That wouldn’t work on my little girl. She would think it was Hilarious! And would promptly join in with my antics! Any excuse for a crazy dance! But then she is nearly five… 🙂

October 19, 2016

Brilliant! My dad used to pretend to be an aeroplane, spread his arms out and walk around making very loud plane noises! I think it’s hilarious now – at the time, not so much!!

November 16, 2016

Yes! And it works great with teens a pre-teens!

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